Stop asking for the wrong balance changes; why Japan's days as top dog are numbered; the sexiest thing you can do in Street Fighter 5 and more

Plus Waluigi gets owned again, eSports makes it to Walmart, why Street Fighter 4 and 5 are so different and even more

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • November 7, 2018 at 8:02 p.m. PST

Season 4 of Street Fighter 5 is just around the corner, which means balance changes galore... potentially.

From general mechanics to individual character moves, Catalyst and I talk about the delicate art of fighting game balance on this week's EventHubs Podcast.

We also delve into the emerging final bracket for Capcom Cup, specifically examining how strong a presence various regions and countries currently have. While Asia and Japan are the top dogs at the moment, I have a theory that the gap with the rest of the world is closing for specific reasons.

We also cover some of this week's news including the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal and the hilariously tragic case of Waluigi, who it seems has become a meme-like shell of his former self.

Personal bias and tunnel vision are very dangerous when it comes to the discussion of altering the way fighting games work, so we thought it good to examine some of the pitfalls people tend to fall into when it comes to this, and then offer our thoughts on the current example that is Street Fighter 5's fourth season.

I also offer my two cents on what I think is the sexiest and most satisfying thing to do in Street Fighter, and how to implement it more into your own game play.


2:10 - Capcom's next SF5 character announcement is probably extremely close
6:42 - Fighting games are still selling
10:22 - RAGE League in Japan - Capcom still investing in eSports very heavily
11:26 - eSports at Walmart (plus super sound relationship advice)
16:03 - Nintendo's hilarious joke: Waluigi, Piranha Plant and Smash Ultimate
21:22 - John's emotional roller coaster continues
23:27 - 'Take the Throw' - a huge difference between Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5
41:57 - Capcom Cup bracket confirmed players by region/country. Japan/Asia are number one, but may not be for all that much longer
53:34 - Bison, Urien, F.A.N.G and Blanka have the highest win percentages online, here's why that doesn't make them good
59:52 - What (if anything) needs to change in Season 4?
1:05:57 - What's the line between "good" and "broken" when it comes to fighting games?
1:10:00 - How to give helpful feedback and avoid the blind spots and biases of putting yourself at the center of the universe
1:14:30 - SF5 needs more "cash for flash"
1:16:42 - Trap moves need to go
1:18:00 - More nerfs to Crush Counters?
1:22:20 - Why playing with intent is fun vs. why playing without your brain sucks for everyone
1:27:31 - The sexiest thing to do in Street Fighter 5, and how to do it better

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